Training at Sea
Preparation for work at sea must include vocational training onboard a ship; theoretical knowledge alone is not enough to make a good navigation officer, electrician or engineer. It is for this reason that from the very beginning Gdynia Maritime Academy had its own vessels. The University's first training ship was the Lwów, which in 1930 was replaced by the Dar Pomorza.
Nowadays vocational training is held on the deep-sea sailing ship Dar Młodzieży, which can accommodate 35 permanent crew members, 6 lecturers and 136 students. The Dar Młodzieży has completed many interesting voyages on the seas and oceans and is enthusiastically welcomed and admired in ports all over the world. This sailing ship has also taken part in many races, winning many important awards.
Complementary to the training on the University’s sailing ship is instruction onboard instrument ships and merchant vessels. Radar and manoeuvre training previously took place on the Horyzont and the Zenit, which were replaced by the Horyzont II – a research and training ship equipped with the most advanced technology and instruments. The vessel can accommodate 57 crew, students and scientists in single and double cabins. It is also adapted to carry cargo and conduct research at sea, such as during its regular voyages to Spitsbergen.
GMU students also participate in training on merchant ships, bulk carriers, modern container ships, tankers and passenger ships. This is made possible thanks to the offers of polish and foreign ship-owners to provide such training.
Within the Erasmus programme, students may also choose to travel abroad to complete their placement at collaborating institutions, companies, or other organisations in Europe for a period of three months up to a full academic year. University students can also have their placement arranged by Polish institutions that specialise in organising placements abroad.